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logic bomb

[′läj·ik ‚bäm]
(computer science)
A computer program that destroys data, generally immediately after it has been loaded.
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logic bomb

(programming, security)
Code surreptitiously inserted into an application or operating system that causes it to perform some destructive or security-compromising activity whenever specified conditions are met.

Compare back door.
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logic bomb

A program routine that destroys data when certain conditions are met; for example, it may reformat the hard disk or insert random bits into data files on a certain date or if a particular employee record is missing from the employee database. Many viruses are logic bombs because they deliver their payload after a specific latency or when a trigger event occurs. See virus, latency and payload.
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